|Joy Reidenberg: Weird whales - PopTech|
In her talk, "Why Whales are Weird," energetic, articulate anatomist Joy Reidenberg presented an amazing array of fact about the beloved mammal (Whales evolved from deer-like creatures! Their spinal movement is more like galloping in the water! They don't actually spout water! They have mustaches!). She took us through the story of evolution using whales as a model, explaining that evolution is the process to mediate resilience and thus, survival.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Biology; Evolution; Ocean; PopTech iceland 2012
|Judith Rodin: Why resilience - PopTech|
Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, explores how resiliency can empower even the most destitute and vulnerable communities. "When the World Bank was planning to invest $100 million dollars in upgrading the slums in Nairobi, these slum-dweller leaders were represented at the table."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Business; Community; PopTech iceland 2012; Resilience
|John Thackara: The end of endless growth - PopTech|
Social critic John Thackara argues that the current human paradigm of endless growth is obviously unsustainable, so we should consider the brilliance of the Brazilian Jequitiba tree, which soaks up four tons of water a day. "I am a proper tree hugger, as well as a lichen hugger."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; DIY; Energy; PopTech iceland 2012; Urbanization
|Kari Stefansson: Decoding genetics - PopTech|
Dr. Kari Stefansson is recognized as a leading figure in human genetics who studies the fuzzy relationship between genetic mutations and environmental factors. "Where is the line of distinction between nature and nurture? Where is the line of distinction between genes and environment? It really doesn't exist."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Biology; Evolution; PopTech iceland 2012
|Margret Pala: Educating children differently - PopTech|
Margret Pala is a preschool management specialist in Iceland who advocates sex-segregated classes, natural play material instead of conventional toys, and a long-forgotten belief in discipline to develop optimism, courage, and resiliency in young children. "Feel the cold! I even take them into the snow -- and then the lava. Scream a little bit! But continue! And enjoy it!"
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Culture; Education; PopTech iceland 2012; Youth
|Silja Ómarsdóttir: Iceland’s constitution co-author - PopTech|
Silja Omarsdottir was one of 25 people tapped to rewrite Iceland's constitution after the country's financial meltdown in 2008. She details how the citizens of Iceland reacted to the bank collapse and the eventual response from the government, which included updating the country's constitution. Omarsdottir explains the constitution creation process and what it meant to overhaul the constitution, with considerable public input, in four months.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Governance; Law; Politics; PopTech iceland 2012
|Andri Magnason: Iceland, human experiment - PopTech|
From the Icelandic food store chain, Bonus, to the midnight sun, everyday Iceland inspires activist poet Andri Magnason. His poetry and children's books reflect his deep connection to his homeland as does the way he's schooled himself--and the public--on preserving Iceland's beauty and natural resources.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Activism; Environment; Language; Literature; Poetry; PopTech iceland 2012
|Steve Lansing: Bali's water temples - PopTech|
Steve Lansing, a senior fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, discusses the Byzantine system for the distribution of water from a volcanic lake in Bali to over two hundred farming villages. It's worked since the 12th century, it's egalitarian and it's still-sustainable. "It's one of the few functioning, ancient democratic institutions that we know about. It's kind of beautiful."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Culture; Democracy; Engineering; Governance; PopTech iceland 2012; Sustainability; Water
|Eben Upton: Raspberry Pi - PopTech|
Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, shows how he is hooking a new generation of kids on computer programming. "I remember sitting down with my wife for dinner...and we had this sudden, appalling realization that we had promised 600,000 people that we would build them a $25 dollar computer."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; DIY; Emerging technology; PopTech iceland 2012; Robotics; Sustainability; Youth
|Simonetta Carbonaro: Liquid societies - PopTech|
Consumer psychologist Simonetta Carbonaro implores us to think differently about consumption. A consumer-hungry outlook for cheaper and faster has gotten old. We now know that consuming and producing less, in fact, creates more jobs, more free time, and more happiness.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech iceland 2012; Resilience; Community; Culture; Design; Psychology; Sustainability
|Tim Harford: Preventing financial meltdowns - PopTech|
Economic commentator and author Tim Harford presented a creative, challenging perspective on financial systems, drawing upon examples from oil rig explosions to nuclear disasters to make his point. He believes that by studying the triggers of major engineering accidents, we can draw lessons on how to help prevent crises in the financial world.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Big systems; Business; Economics; Finance; Governance; Journalism; PopTech iceland 2012; Resilience